Train to be a Primary School Teacher


Mount Street Academy is the Lead School for Kyra Teaching School Alliance and we offer both the School Direct & School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Programmes. We offer excellent bespoke and hands-on initial teacher training opportunities for primary teachers and leaders of the future.

Working collaboratively with primary schools, special schools, the Lincoln Teaching School Alliance (LTSA) and the University of Lincoln, we provide high-quality, diverse and first class school-based teacher training in over 50 schools within and around Lincolnshire.

Our course offers a PGCE qualification with QTS. Training programmes are school based, with a one day training session per week at either Lincoln University, LTSA or within one of our partner Primary schools.

You can find out more about LTSA SCITT, their training structure, curriculum and funding models on their website here.

What is School Direct?

School Direct – Fee paying

This route is school based and is open to all graduates. It is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may be eligible for a bursary.

This programme is offered by us as the Lead School and you will be based within one of our partner schools.

Please apply to             Mount Street Academy

Accredited Provider     Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance

COURSE CODE =           29YZ

What is SCITT?

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

This route is also a school-based route into teacher training and is open to all graduates. It is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may be eligible for a bursary.

This programme is offered by Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance as the SCITT provider. Nevertheless, you will be based within one of the Primary or Special schools within our partnerships.

 Please apply to             Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance (LTSA)

COURSE CODE =            2PSM

 What is the difference between the School Direct Fee and SCITT Programmes?

In essence, the only difference between these two programmes are the schools to which you apply.

For the School Direct Programme (Fee) you need to apply to the Lead School, Mount Street Academy – 29YZ. 

For the SCITT Programme you need to apply to Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance, Primary – 2PSM.

Both courses will run identically. For both courses you will pay the exact same training fees of £9000, you will be based within one of our partner schools and the training you receive will be exactly the same. Therefore, to improve your chances of securing a place on our training programme you could apply to both the Lead School and SCITT provider.

Why choose us?

All of the schools in our consortium are like-minded, forward-thinking Lead Schools and Teaching School Alliances who believe that Initial Teacher Training is an important and integral feature of Education. We are dedicated to recruiting and nurturing outstanding teachers and thereby investing in the lives and learning of pupils in around Lincolnshire.  As leading schools that identify the importance of networking and collaborative practice, we have joined forces to bring further strength and variety to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in and around Lincolnshire.   Each school has its wealth of experts, specialists and outstanding practitioners who will deliver research based training, imparting their knowledge and skills. Together we can offer a large variety of schools and settings who are all ready to share high quality and insightful practice.

Key Aspects of Provision

Our School Direct and SCITT Programmes are School based, hands-on training programmes. Each trainee will be immersed in school life from day one and will be seen and respected as a class teacher by staff and pupils alike. Trainees begin by observing the outstanding practice of the teacher whilst also placing focus on pupil learning and progress. Each trainee will begin to build their teaching through group work, team teaching and eventually delivering whole class sessions and full lessons. The build up of teaching is personalised to the trainee and depends on their experience and confidence.

Educational training and theory is important to us. We appreciate the importance and balance of both school-based learning and also academic studies, working with universities. We work in partnership with Lincoln University, who will provide your PGCE qualification with QTS. Out of school training will take place during one day of the week and may be held at Lincoln University campus or at the Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance Initial Teacher Training center or within one of the primary schools listed in the Partnership section. When training takes place in the university you will have  access to the university facilities. Training at the brand new, purposely built ITT center at LTSA allows trainees to come together from many schools around the county of Lincolnshire to share their experiences, discuss key educational issues and have queries answered. Training will be delivered by the experienced ITT team at LTSA along with teaching practitioners from our partner Primary and Special schools. Many of our training days are held within our partner primary schools. We pride ourselves on being able to provide you with not only high quality training from teachers, leaders and experts who work within the schools, but also the opportunity to look around the our host schools, meet other teachers to discuss practice and also speak to and observe pupils. Each training session in school will comprise of educational information, teaching ideas, strategies to use in the classroom and theory. Most importantly it will allow you to see those ideas and theory in practice, in the classroom with real-life pupils and teachers demonstrating and modelling to you.

Progression through your training

Through a varied approach to training techniques, the programme will cover all subjects, topics and national educational priorities equipping you with a wealth of knowledge and skills to prepare you for your NQT year and beyond. Throughout the year you will be based in a school, assigned to a class and class teacher who will become your mentor. You will also experience a second school placement within the year, which will again provide further opportunities and help strengthen and demonstrate the breadth of your teaching skills. You will also be allocated a ‘visiting tutor’ who has been appointed because they are experienced teachers, mentors and experts and who will provide another ‘arm’ of support for you throughout your training year.

Our training programme has been built on the very best practice, high-quality, tried and tested teacher training programmes from around the world. We draw upon current ITT research, national agendas and best models of practice to ensure that the training that you receive is the very best. All of our trainees and the schools in which our trainees are recruited, comment that our trainees are beyond being well prepared, knowing exactly what constitutes outstanding teaching and learning. Our trainees are also indentified as thirsty to continue their professional development to become leaders and experts who can share their expertise with other education professionals.

What do our trainees say?

“Through this employment based route into teaching, I have had access to outstanding mentors who have provided excellent support, guidance and encouragement. I feel extremely privileged to have trained in such a remarkable school and to have been so well prepared for my NQT year.”

 “The School Direct Teacher Training Programme has been so rewarding. Within our partnership I have been able to observe outstanding teacher practice, develop a strong support network with fellow trainees, and receive relevant teaching from experts in their field. The mentors are incredibly supportive and, most importantly, inspire you to be the best you can be.”

 “I chose the School Direct route into teaching because I wanted the challenge of extending my own skills whilst being a member of a school team. I knew I was passionate about children and their early experiences, however, School Direct went beyond my expectations. The year is an exciting journey in which you find out so much about your own character through specialists, leaders, mentors and friends that champion you to thrive into the very best teacher you can be for a successful career.”

Why choose Kyra Teaching School Alliance? (MountStreet Academy as the Lead School)

Kyra Teaching School Alliance consists of a number of primary, nursery, infant and junior schools across Lincolnshire, offering a range of contexts, specialisms and experiences. We aim to use the unique expertise within our Alliance to offer the best possible experience for our trainees and support them in becoming the aspirant school leaders of the future. Every school within the Alliance has a long history of working with a variety of Initial Teacher Training Providers to support trainee teachers. Kyra Teaching School Alliance has involved in the School Direct Programme since its inception and we are proud of our 100% recruitment record. 100% of our trainees have completed their training with “good or outstanding” and many have been recruited within our Alliance. Kyra Teaching School Alliance offer a bespoke ITT and CPD programme, providing outstanding training and support, preparing every trainee for their NQT year and beyond.


We work in partnership with the following Teaching Schools and Lead Schools. Below you will find the name of all the Lead Schools who offer the School Direct Programme, along with the name and contact details of the ITT co-ordinator if you wish for further information or to arrange a visit and/or some work experience within their school or their partner ‘hub’ schools


Mount Street Academy


Kyra Teaching School Alliance partner ‘hub’ Schools

• Ancaster CE Primary School, Grantham
• Benjamin Adlard Primary School, Gainsborough
• Caistor CE and Methodist Primary, Market Rasen
• Grimoldby Primary School, Louth
• Lincoln Carlton Academy, Lincoln
• Monks Abbey Primary School, Lincoln
• Morton Trentside Primary School, Gainsborough
• Mount Street Academy, Lincoln
• St Faith’s CE Infant School, Lincoln
• The Edward Richardson Community Primary School,
Tetford, Horncastle
• The Gainsborough Parish Church CE Primary School, Gainsborough
• Westgate Academy, Lincoln
• Willoughton Primary School, Gainsborough


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Ellison Boulters Church of England Academy


Ellison Boulters CE Academy partner ‘hub’ Schools

• Birchwood Junior School, Lincoln
• Cherry Willingham Primary School, Lincoln
• Ellison Boulters CE Academy, Scothern
• Faldingworth Community Primary School, Market Rasen
• Market Rasen CE Primary School, Market Rasen
• Metheringham Primary School, Lincoln
• Nettleton Community Primary School, Market Rasen
• Reepham CE Primary School, Lincoln
• Sturton by Stow Primary School, Lincoln
• The Priory Witham Academy, Lincoln


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Witham St Hughs Academy


Equate Teaching School partner ‘hub’ Schools

• Fosse Way Academy, Lincoln
• Great Steeping Primary School, Spilsby
• Hillcrest Early Years Academy, Gainsborough
• Ling Moor Primary Academy, North Hykeham, Lincoln
• Manor Leas Junior School, Lincoln
• Pollyplatt Primary School, Scampton
• Saxilby CE Primary School, Saxilby
• Sir Francis Hill Community Primary School, Lincoln
• Skellingthorpe St Lawrence CE Primary School, Lincoln
• St Peter at Gowts CE Primary School, Lincoln
• Waddington All Saints Primary School, Waddington
• Waddington Redwood Primary School, Waddington
• Witham St Hughs Academy, Lincoln


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Staniland Academy

Connect Teaching School partner ‘hub’ Schools

• Alford Primary School, Alford
• Boston Pioneers Academy, Boston
• Boston West Academy, Boston
• Carlton Road Academy, Boston
• Conningsby St Michael’s CE Primary School, Conningsby
• Fishtoft Academy, Boston
• Fourfields CE Primary School, Sutterton
• Friskney All Saints CE Primary School, Boston
• Gosberton Academy, Boston
• Hawthorn Tree School, Boston
• Helpringham Primary School, Sleaford
• Holy Trinity CE Primary School, Tattershall
• Kirton Primary School, Boston
• New Leake Primary School, Boston
• Park Academy, Boston
• Sibsey Free Primary School, Boston
• Staniland Academy, Boston
• Stickney CE Primary School, Stickney
• St Peter & St Paul CE Primary School, Skegness
• St Thomas’ CE Primary School, Boston
• Sutton St James Community Primary School, Spalding
• Swineshead St Mary’s CE Primary School, Boston
• The Spire Federation, Louth
• Tower Road Academy, Boston
• Whaplode CE Primary School, Whaplode
• Wrangle Primary School, Boston
• Wyberton Primary School, Boston
• Wygate Park Academy, Spalding

What are we looking for?

We are looking for aspirational teachers and the school leaders of the future. We want the most ambitious trainees who will embrace all the opportunities we offer and begin their route to become an outstanding teacher.

Our trainees will be enthusiastic, dedicated, hard-working and committed to making a difference to the lives of the children they teach.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree qualification (2:2 or above)
  • GCSE English, Maths & Science – Grade C or above – equivalency tests can be taken to obtain these grades
  • Fee Paying Route – A minimum of 10 days school experience. Please contact one of the Lead Schools above if you would like to gain the 10 days experience
  • Salaried Route – 3 years work experience in any field of work

How to apply

Applications for 18-19 will open mid to late October


Don’t forget to select the following codes:

Please apply to             Mount Street Academy

Accredited Provider     Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance

 SCHOOL DIRECT FEE PAYING COURSE CODE                          29YZ

SCITT COURSE CODE                                                                  2PSM

Helpful Links

The links below will provide more information on courses, finance and bursaries, UCAS, how to apply, how to write a personal statement etc.


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We look forward to meeting you soon!